Experimenting with Things that Smell.

Smelly Potions - experiment with things that smell with this fun activity

“I want to do sperimenting” Noah said one afternoon. “You want to do what??” I asked, not understanding his unusual four year old pronunciation. “Sperimenting, like we did the other day… sperimenting with the dwoppers!” Ooooh… he means experimenting, like when we played with some eye droppers and coloured water a while back I love […]

Pattern Blocks – 20 ideas, activities and free printables

A simple invitation to play with pattern blocks - find lots of ideas, activities and resources for pattern block play

Noah is four. For a four year old he is pretty good at playing independently for fairly long periods of time, but sometimes he needs a little encouragement to get started. Sometimes, when I really need to get some work done and he just can’t settle into playing with any of the toys we have […]

Free Printable Monster Drawing Prompts!

Free printable monster drawing prompts!

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated here in Australia, but over the last few years it has become more and more popular. The shops are filling up with costumes, and decorations, and Halloween lollies (candy), and my four year old has begun to notice and ask questions. A few years ago Noah was scared of anything […]

Go Outside! Easy ideas for outside play.

Ways to encourage your kids to go outside - take inside activities outside.

This post is sponsored by Three Sun Possums “The sun is shining, spring is here! Ok kids, off you go, outside!” Sometimes my kids are out the door before I have even finished the sentence, but sometimes they need a little coaxing. I’m a bit like that too. Sometimes I need a little push to […]

Glow Stick Play Dough

Glow Stick Play Dough - when you need a quick activity to make your child smile

I had half an hour free, and I needed to do something to connect with my four year old. I’ve been putting some effort into connecting with my three big kids while they were home over the holidays and while Noah loves having them around, I knew he’s missed out on the one on one […]

3D Drawings

3D Drawings - a quick and easy art activity

“Can we paint?” “yeah! can we paint!!??” It was an hour before dinner, I really didn’t want to get out the paints. I needed an activity that was more exciting than painting for the big kids, was doable for my four year, was quick to set up, and wouldn’t make a huge mess. For a […]

Monster Blow Painting

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

We first had a go at blow painting a long time ago, when my girls were still small, my big boy just a baby, and the baby not even born yet! When my kids were little, art was all about the process and not so much about the product, and blow painting was all about […]

Gardening and Growing Play Dough Mats – Free Printable!

Free Printable Garden and Growing Play Dough Mats!

I would have liked to get out into the garden today… but it has been rainy and cold here, and the veggie garden is a muddy mess. So we made play dough gardens instead, and I made some fun gardening and growing play dough mats. With a few lumps of play dough and some accessories […]